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DD-537

USS THE SULLIVANS

Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park, Buffalo, NY

DD-661

USS KIDD

USS Kidd & Veterans Memorial, Baton Rouge, LA

USS LAFFEY

DD-724

USS LAFFEY

Patriots Point, Charleston Harbor, SC

DD-793

USS CASSIN YOUNG

Boston, MA

DD-850

USS JOSEPH P. KENNEDY, JR

Battleship Cove, Fall River, MA

DD-886

USS ORLECK

Lake Charles, LA

DD-946

USS EDSON

Bay City, MI

DD-951

USS TURNER JOY

Bremerton Historic Ships Association Bremerton, WA

DE-238

USS STEWART

Seawolf Park, Galveston, Texas

DE-766

USS SLATER

Destroyer Escort Historical Museum, Albany, New York

In addition to grants, Tin Can Sailors contributed $5,000 this year to the Historic Naval Ships Association to underwrite their efforts to assist destroyers of the Historic Fleet. That assistance has totaled $148,500 over the years.

By being a member of Tin Can Sailors, you help to ensure that these ships will be there to inspire, to honor, and to educate for years to come. Typical projects our grants are used for include:

  • Developing exhibits on destroyer history and life aboard destroyers.
  • Buying paint, welding equipment, etc.
  • Modifying and refurbishing compartments to make them ready for public access.

Because of our support, many ships of the “historic fleet” admit our members without charge except when touring as a part of a reunion group. A Tin Can Sailors membership card can be your “ticket” to many ships.

Volunteering on Museum Ships

Volunteering on a Museum Ship can be fun for the whole family whether it is in the form of Field Day work repairing and restoring or in administrative services or as docents and greeters.

Each of the ships has its own unique needs that those with some free time who are interested can check out. These pages show some of the volunteer work being done and list information for each ship, including location, visiting days and times, volunteer programs, and articles about some of the volunteer efforts. Even if you don’t have the time to spend with a paint brush in your hand you will enjoy seeing the photos and stories of the volunteers who do so much to help maintain these ships for future generations to see.

Volunteering